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Ogbourne - Additional Literacy Resources To Use At Home

What is "Talk For Writing"

Whilst we, at Ogbourne, do not use the Talk For Writing approach in lessons, nonetheless we recognise that the principles and resources are very useful.

Talk for Writing is an engaging teaching framework developed by Pie Corbett, supported by Julia Strong. It is powerful because it is based on the principles of how children learn. It enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally, before reading and analysing it, and then writing their own version.

Talk for Writing is an approach to teaching writing that encompasses a three-stage pedagogy: ‘imitation’ (where pupils learn and internalise texts, to identify transferrable ideas and structures), ‘innovation’ (where pupils use these ideas and structures to co-construct new versions with their teachers), and ‘invention’ (where teachers help pupils to create original texts independently). These tasks aim to improve writing ability by giving pupils an understanding of the structure and elements of written language.

Talk for Writing enables children to imitate the key language patterns they needs for a particular text type orally before they try reading and analysing it.

National Support School Services and Talk for Writing Training School | St.  George's School, Battersea


Talk For Writing - Free Texts

Talk for Writing - Pie Corbett - Set 1   Maidwell Primary School - Talk for Writing
- Yr.R - Mouse's Adventure by Jane Ralphs
- Yr.1 - Sayeeda, The Pirate Princess by Alison Cooper
- Yr.2 - Rainbows, Rainbows Everywhere by Emma Caulfield
- Yr.3 - Journey To The Jungle by Maria Richards
- Yr.4 - Mission Possible by Kat Pennington
- Yr.5 - One Chance by Dean Thompson
- Yr.6 - The Gadgets Worksbook by James Walker

Talk for Writing - Pie Corbett - Set 2  
- Yr.R - Run, Rabbit, Run by Sue Cove: the story of Ned and his rainy day rabbit
- Yr.1 - Bob the Bubble by Jane Ralphs: meet Bob who wants to be useful
- Yr.2 - The Qunagle Wangle's Hat by Emma Caulfield: inspired by Lear's poem
- Yr.3 - Unicorns Uncovered by Jo Pearce: learn about unicorns
- Yr.4 - Goblinology by Kathryn Pennington: the ultimate guide to Goblins
- Yr.5 - The Ultimate Guide to Elves and Sprites by Pie Corbett:
          have you ever wondered what the world is like for an elf?
- Yr.6 - Treasure by James Walker: imagine discovering hidden treasure
- Working at Greater Depth  - Dreams by Jamie Thomas: art, poetry and famous speeches inspired by dreams

Talk for Writing - Pie Corbett - Set 3
- Yr.R - The Amazing Adventures of Max by Sue Cove
- Yr.1 - Pippety Skycapp by Jane Ralphs
- Yr.2 - The Elves and the Shoemaker by Emma Caulfield
- Yr.3 - The Stonetrolls by Dean Thompson
- Yr.4 - Amazing Aliens by Maria Richards
- Yr.5 - The Rhi-Swano-Zeb-Tah by Maria Richards
- Yr.6 - The City of Silence by James Walker

  • The  Literary TrustNational Literacy Trust  
    A selection of some brilliant literacy resources that you can access for free. To support families during the current school closures, they have developed a comprehensive web portal, grouped by age, with links to lots of free home-learning activities.
  • 3 Free e-books
    The Insideouters - Fluff Has A Birthday Party
    The Insideouters - The Insideouters Take A Holiday                     
    The Insiderouters - Peter The Penguin Saves The Day                     
    Three free short stories for pupils, kindly donated by the author: "I hope your pupils get as much enjoyment from reading the stories as I did in the writing them for my grandchildren. I donate them as I believe in the imagination and excitement of reading and that the ability to read is a primary skill required of every child. Yet this seems to be being lost in today’s modern household. Regards, Mr. Hegarty".
  • Roald Dahl Things To Do Indoors: Roald Dahl Learning
    Bring the magical world of Roald Dahn into your home with their terrific selection of resources. You'll find lesson plans around each story, as well as crafts, puzzles and activities to keep chiddlers of all ages entertained. Ages: 5-11 years Subjects: Art & design, design technology, drama, literacy & English, geography, maths, music, PSHE and science.
  • The Literacy Company: Literacy Resources 
    A wide range of Literacy resources to help support parents and students, EYFS-Yr.6. A wide range of resources, including Phonics, Reading, Writing, Poetry, and much more.
  • Oxford Owl for Home: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
    Lots of free resources for primary age
  • British Council: https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find
    Resources for English Language learning
  • Cbeebies Radio: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
    Listening activities for younger children
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